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ISYY's newsletter: Weekly Feed Kuopio Week 39/2021

Tue 28 Sep 2021 01:18:10 PM EEST

ISYY's newsletter: Weekly Feed Kuopio Week 39/2021


ISYY's newsletter: Weekly Feed Kuopio Week 39/2021


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As the evenings are getting darker quicker, remember to wear reflectors and start using lights on your bicycle. When riding at dusk or in the dark, the Finnish law requires that a bicycle has a white or light yellow headlight and a red rear light. If you don't have these, you can be fined by the police. You can increase your visibility in the dark by wearing a reflector tag or a reflector vest.

If you hadn't heard already, ISYY's Hyvät Kuvat movie club offers 49 exchange students of UEF a free season ticket! You can pick up your ticket from the ISYY office during opening hours. The tickets are offered on first come, first served basis and you cannot reserve a ticket.

Have a nice week!

Kind regards,




How to become a candidate in ISYY’s Representative Council Elections?

Nominating yourself as a candidate in the upcoming Representative Council Elections is quick and easy by using the electronic elections system or paper form!

  1. The deadline for becoming a candidate is the 29th of September at 3 pm. This can be done electronically or with a paper form.
  2. Choose a candidate list you want to nominate yourself from the Electronic election system. If you cannot find a list that fits you, you can establish your own list. Here are instructions on how to establish your own candidate list.
  3. Fill in the Candidate’s approval and assurance in the Electronic election system. Alternatively, you can print or pick up a paper form from ISYY offices and fill in that. The form is returned to the ISYY office.
  4. After you have received a confirmation from the Representative of the candidate list via email, you are a candidate in the ISYY Representative Council Elections.

If the Representative Council isn’t familiar for you, you can read more about it and its work from HERE.

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There is still time to nominate yourself as a candidate in ISYY’s Representative Council Elections!

The candidate nomination period is soon coming to its end and the Candidate Lists and its candidates’ information must be submitted to ISYY by 29.9. by 3 pm. Remember to submit your Election documents to ISYY either electronically via the electronic election system or in paper format to ISYY’s offices.

We encourage everyone to nominate themselves as candidates in the Representative Council Elections by establishing their own List of Candidates or by joining one of the already existing Candidate Lists! Read our appeal HERE.

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ISYY and UEF's Wellbeing Week 4.-8.10.2021

The Wellbeing Week of the Student Union ISYY and University of Eastern Finland takes place at the campuses on week 40, 4.-8.10.2021. During the Wellbeing week, there is a diverse program and lectures related to well-being and its maintenance. There will be an English language Kaamosinfo and a traditional Sports Afternoon. It is also possible to get to know local wellbeing actors at poster exhibitions on both campuses. Super popular Buddy dogs are also arriving to campuses for the student’s belly rubs.

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This Autumn’s Smiles and Complaints Week Takes Place on 4.–10.10.2021

During the Smiles and Complaints Week, you can send feedback via the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland to ISYY, the University, FSHS (Finnish Student Health Service), Fazer Food&Co, or any other party involved in students’ life. You can give us feedback by filling in our electronic feedback form.

What deserves a smile? What’s wrong? What gives you grey hair? Tell us, and we’ll take your feedback forward! The feedback is given anonymously.

The feedback form will be open during week 40. 

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ISYY Association Days on 26. and 27.10.2021

Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY) organizes Association Days on 27.10.2021 at Kuopio campus and on 26.-27.10.2021 at Joensuu campus. Come and find out what ISYY and associations close to it have to offer. It’s also possible that you’ll find some new activities from Association Days! ISYY Association Days are open for everybody and there’s no entrance fee.

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Join ISYY’s Telegram Chat Group!

If you do not want or cannot to use ISYY’s Discord channel, no worries, we have an answer: Telegram chat group! The chat group and the Discord channel are linked together so messages sent to Telegram group are also seen in the Discord channel and vice versa. You can join the chat using this link.

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Exceptions to opening hours

ISYY Offices are closed during Autumn Holiday on week 42 (18.-24.10.).

Also our newsletters will take a break on that week. If you need to visit our office, please do that before the autumn holiday. If you have material for our newsletter of week 41, please send it to us no later than 8th of October. 



What is BRIDGES?

The University of Eastern Finland has received a special grant from the Ministry of Education and Culture for the years 2021-2022 to promote the well-being of students and prevent exclusion. With the special grant, the University of Eastern Finland is implementing the BRIDGES project to increase well-being and communality. The project has several subcontractors, one of which is ISYY.

The aim of the project is to reduce the experience of loneliness and to prevent exclusion through activities that increase students' community and well-being.

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UEF vs Karelia UAS Finnish baseball tournament on the 6th of October

Hello student in Joensuu campus: Welcome to the Sports afternoon 6th of October to play for UEF teams or encourage players to win at Kerubi Stadium! Two different matches will be played during the tournament and registration for the teams is now underway.

The UEF vs Karelia University of Applied Sciences tournament is organised by the ISYY’s BRIDGES project & the Karelia University of Applied Sciences student union's POKA’s NYT project. The purpose of both projects is to promote student wellbeing and community spirit in higher education. Joensuu University Sports SYKETTÄ will also be involved.

For more information and to registration in event:

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World Mental Health Day 10.10.2021

World Mental Health Day on 10th of October 2021 shows a green light to equality and reminds people that “Every young mind matters!”. ISYY also participates in the day, e.g. by campaigning in social media and sharing information during the week.

From the beginning, the celebration of the day in Finland has been coordinated and made known by the MIELI Finnish Mental Health Association.
Read more about the day and its functions!

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BRIDGES breakfasts

The BRIDGES breakfasts are relaxed and communal hangouts that all students of the University of Eastern Finland are welcome to attend. The Breakfast moments are held six times during the fall on both campuses from 22 th of September forward.

There is still room for Kuopio breakfasts, so register yourself for one time or for all times beforehand! The breakfasts will be held at Studentia’s Chapel on: 30.9., 7.10., 13.10., 27.10., 3.11. and 10.11. Read more on our website and register today!

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The Hobby Buddy: Here are hobby buddies we're looking for right now!

The service started a week ago on 14th of September and at this moment one or more hobby buddies are currently being searched for these hobbies:

  • Kuopio: Cooking, figure skating, roller skiing, pair dancing, hiking, theater, boxing

By filling out the Hobby Buddy application, we are looking for a suitable buddy for you. The Hobby Buddy service is intended for all students of the University of Eastern Finland who want to make new friends through common hobbies and interests.

More information and link to the application:

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Remember to return your SYKETTÄ Appro passport by 1st of October!

By returning your Appro passport you take part in a lottery and get an overall badge equivalent to your performance. Return your appro passport to the ISYY office, to Cafe SAVOTTA or Bar&Cafe SAVOTTA during their opening hours.

The sports afternoon is on Wednesday the 6th of October

University of Eastern Finland and Savonia University of Applied Sciences’ students and staff members are enjoying their sports afternoon on 6.10. at 12-16. Every event in sports afternoon is open for all students and staff members of Savonia and UEF as well as the students of HUMAK and Uniart Kuopio campuses. You don’t need a SYKETTÄ sticker to participate in these events! However, you have to register as a user if you haven’t done it before. You can find the registration form here.

See the sports afternoon programme HERE. Enrollment to the events starts tomorrow on 29 September. The only exception is riding since the enrollment for it started on 22 September.

Get to know neighbourhood sports areas in Kuopio

Have you been searching for a neighbourhood sports area where you could walk on a nature trail, admire the beauty of the view, do some muscle tone exercise, parkour or have a piknik?

We chose six neighbourhood sports areas in Kuopio and made short sneak peak videos about the places. Check out the videos HERE and get inspired to move outside!

Extra class on Sunday 3.10. Park workout at17.00

Instructions for safe excercising

Remember to follow the safety and hygiene guidelines when you participate in the SYKETTÄ activities. You can find the guidelines HERE

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Student2Student – support and guidance, from students to students

The peer counsellors are soon-to-graduate students from our university, who have been trained for the job. They are there to support you when for example:

  • something is bothering you and you want to talk to someone
  • it feels hard to get a grip on your studies
  • remote studying is becoming exhausting
  • you don’t know who to ask advice from

Peer counsellors are there to listen to you and help you find the kind of support that is best tailored for your situation. Conversations with the peer counsellors are free of charge and confidential. You can call us during our opening hours or leave a callback request at any time, and we will call you back during our opening hours. Call us from Tuesday to Thursday between 2pm and 5pm on (+358) 0294458580.

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Registration for the Language Centre’s spring 2022 semester courses is open in WebOodi until mid-October

This year, students must register for the Language Centre’s spring 2022 courses by mid-October. Registration is open in WebOodi.

The registration period for the spring semester courses is as follows:

  • 13 Sep–15 Oct (prioritized)
  • 14 Sep–16 Oct (non-prioritized)

If needed, registration will be open in Peppi in December. Registration for the spring semester 2022 exemption tests as well as retake exams will continue in Peppi.


Apply now for the YUFE Student Journey!

Want to study in an international environment? YUFE gives you the chance to study virtually or physically at 10 European Universities. UEF students who are at least in the 2nd year of a bachelor’s degree or higher with an English level of B2 or higher can apply between 16 September – 7 October 2021. For more information, click the link below or contact yufe@uef.fi.

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Complete a survey about student commuting between your home and the university and you can win a small prize!

The survey will help us estimate the climate impacts of student commuting. The results can also be used in improving commuting conditions and sustainability reporting. Filling out the survey is easy and will take only a few minutes. You can access the survey by clicking the link below. Please answer by 6.10.2021.


Degree student - remember to pay the FSHS fee

Students in universities who are entitled to use the services of the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS, Finnish abbreviation YTHS) must pay a healthcare fee to Kela. No bill will be sent on the healthcare fee, and thus you have to pay the fee on your own initiative.

The due dates are determined based on the date on which you have registered as attending. There are four possible due dates in each calendar year. For the autumn term, the due date is 30 September provided you have registered as attending by then. If the fee is paid after the due date, Kela will charge a fixed late-payment charge of EUR 5.

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Come and enjoy Kuopio Symphony Orchestra’s concerts safely at the Kuopio Music Centre!

Unwind after a stressful day listening to timeless music and get to know our orchestra’s musicians who represent 12 different nationalities.

Tickets only 4 euros for students for the following concerts:
30.9. David Grimal
7.10. Three in C
14.10. Jukka Eskola
28.10. Temperaments and Folk Sounds
11.11. New interpretations
2.12. Hidden treasure


Discounts and benefit concerts for the rest of the autumn season will be informed at the end of September.

More information: The discount ticket should be purchased at the Kuopio Music Centre Ticket sales on the day of the concert (open Mon-Fri 3-5 pm or until the beginning of the performance and on weekend 1 hour before the performance, open hours valid for the time being). The discount price is only valid if there are still tickets left. To access the discount price a valid student card chould be presented when purchasing the ticket.

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The new student data system Peppi will be deployed at UEF in three stages in October and November 2021 which also means saying goodbye to WebOodi. Peppi is an information system wherein different features are organized into virtual desktops based on user roles. Peppi comprises education planning, facility and resource reservations, and the student and study register.



On the student's desktop, you can plan your studies, view your timetable, track your progress, schedule appointments, register for studies, obtain a certificate of student status and a transcript of records, apply for courses completed at another institution to be registered at UEF (recognition of prior learning), and view and edit your own contact information.

Info sessions, user training and question times!

You can find more information on the deployment and learn how to use Peppi by taking part in the info sessions and user training sessions for students. Welcome! Check out Peppi Yammer Group as well for more information.

The Peppi Road Show takes over different campus buildings during the week of the deployment (week 48). Come along and ask about Peppi and try your luck spinning the wheel of Peppi.

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Library opening hours from the 1st of September 2021

Kuopio Campus Library

  • Mon–Fri 8am–6pm (Customer service 9am–6pm)
  • Sat 10am–2pm
  • 24/7 Working spaces open later of autumn, at the earliest 1st October

KUH Medical Library

  • Mon 12 noon–5pm
  • Tue–Thu 10am–3pm
  • Fri Closed         

For more information: library(at)uef.fi



Nyyti ry - supporting students’ mental health

Nyyti’s Chat is a place for sharing ideas and experiences. Group chat is about different topics that affect the student’s everyday life.

Nyyti’s group chat is meant for all students. You don’t have to register or sign up to the chat. Conversation will be held via usernames. The chats are focused on one specific topic.The chats are also attended by employees and volunteers of Nyyti and occasionally by experts from different fields.

  • 28.9. from 6 to 8 p.m: Time management in studies
  • 26.10. from 6 to 8 p.m: Self-criticism and sense of insuffiency
  • 23.11. from 6 to 8 p.m: I’m different – can I belong in my community?
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Follow the City of Kuopio on social media

Follow your campus city on Instagram @kuopionkaupunki to find out about current news, events and other information about the city.

NB! You can also follow the hashtag #kpoweek for more exclusive information about the city of Kuopio in English.

Check out also the Facebook page Kuopio International where the city publishes news about Kuopio in English: events, services and all sorts of current issues!





Kuopio walk-in covid vaccination continues

  • When? Wed September 29th and Thu September 30th at 8-15
  • Where? In Kuopio Hall (Opistotie 4)
  • What? 1. and 2. (the booster vaccine) vaccinations, Moderna and/or Pfizer-BionTech vaccines.
  • To whom? To all citizens of Kuopio over the age of 12 and to students, who study in Kuopio (bring the study certificate with you).

City of Kuopio reminds you, that queues are possible during the walk-in vaccination. Please use a face mask and keep a safe distance.

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Changes in testing for the coronavirus in Kuopio

By the decision of Northern Savo authorities, made in September 13th, persons who got both vaccinations don't need a coronavirus testing, if they have just common respiratory symptoms or there is a week or longer period after their second vaccination. No need to make a test eather, if the person has got a coronavirus infection during last 6 months.

These changes don't concern persons exposed to coronavirus, persons working in Health and Social work services, or persons who are in a risk group. Asymptomatic persons will be still examined by consideration of the infectious disease physician according to coronavirus trace.


Read the latest information related to COVID-19 on the website of the Finnish institute of health and welfare. Also, check out ISYY's post about corona and Kuopio City's website.


  • The regional coronavirus steering group recommends to wear a mask actively, particularly indoors when distancing recommendations cannot be effectively observed. Examples of such situations are all public transport as well as public interior premises and public events. Masks are also strongly recommended for schools and other learning institutions.
  • If you have any flu symptoms and suspect that you might have been infected with Covid-19, here is what you can do: 
    • You should take Omaolo symptom assessment online. (Available in Finnish and English.)
    • If you think you have coronavirus, you can call Kuopio City Corona Help Line and book an appointment for a test: +358 44 704 6700. The line may be very busy at the moment because of the number of cases and exposures, but please wait patiently or call them again. The help line is open weekdays Mon-Thu from 8am to 3pm, Friday from 8am to 2pm and on weekend Fri-Sun from 8am to 12 noon.
    • You can also call the Medical Helpline 116117, which is open 24/7. Your situation will be assessed over the phone and you will get instructions.
    • Check the symptoms for coronavirus here.

UEF recommends face masks to staff and students

The University of Eastern Finland provides face masks for its staff and students working and studying on campus free of charge. Face masks are available in the main lobbies of the campus buildings. The face masks provided by the university are to be used on campus, i.e. they are not for personal use.

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Download Koronavilkku

UEF also recommends the use of the Koronavilkku app to its students and staff. Remember to download it to your phone!



ESN KISA's General Meeting

ESN KISA will be having a general meeting on the 1st of October 2021 from 5 pm till 6 pm.

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UEF student Bible Club (UBC)

Hey new, old and exchange students, we invite you to join the bible study discussion at our club. We meet via ZOOM this autumn semester, once every two weeks for bible study and prayers. The next meeting date is Saturday, 2nd October 2021, time is 18:00. If you are interested, please contact uef.bibleclub@outlook.com for the Zoom link.


Hyvät Kuvat movie club

Hello Kuopio! Do you like movies or do you want to switch your brains off after you have studied the whole day? ISYY's movie club called Hyvät Kuvat are starting their autumn season this week

Hyvät Kuvat -movies can be seen in a movie theatre Kino Kuvakukko in Kuopio every Thursday at 17:30 and 20:00. With the season ticket for autumn 2021 you can attend to every 12 movies during this autumn. The price of the season ticket is 25€ for students and other discount groups and 30€ for others. You can get your ticket from ISYY's office or from Kino Kuvakukko -movie theatre before the act every Thursday.

You can see the movies of this autumn from @hyvatkuvatisyy -profile or their websites!

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Free season tickets for exchange students

Hyvät Kuvat movie club offers 49 exchange students a free season ticket! You can pick up your ticket from the ISYY office during opening hours. The tickets are offered on first come, first served basis and you cannot reserve a ticket.



Kärmes Gaming Evening
@ Lukema

ISYY's game club Kärmes arranges gaming evenings in Kuopio that are free of charge and open for everyone. You're welcome to join us to play board games, card games and strategy games!

NB! Remember the current safety guidelines when attending the gaming evening. Do not attend the events if you have flu symptoms.

  • Fri 1.10. 5pm - 8pm
  • Sat 9.10. 3pm
  • Fri 15.10. 5pm - 8pm
  • Wed 20.10. 5pm - 8pm
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Guided Forest Tour 5.10.

Kompassi is organizing a forest tour open for everyone on Tuesday 5.10. from 14-17. Place: Puijonsarvi (Päiväranta)


  • We leave from Kompassi at 13.30. by local bus (no. 21)
  • Please come on time so that we don’t get late for the bus
  • Bring your own bus card or enough cash for the bus fare (3.30 € / one way)
  • Take a bottle of water and something to eat
  • The trip will be canceled if it rains!

No registration is needed. You are warmly welcome!




Non-stop Finnish language courses by Komapssi

Kompassi offers non-stop Finnish language courses three days in a week. These courses are open and free for all and they are held at Kompassi (Kauppakatu 40-42). You do not need to register / sign-up for these courses.

Kompassi offers two different levels of language learning (for beginners and for little advanced levels), through which you can learn grammar and language structure. Apart from this, you can practice speaking Finnish language in two different levels (beginners and for little advanced). Students are encouraged to speak more Finnish in these interactive groups.

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Talent Hub Pop-up events

Are you an international student living in Kuopio? Have you encountered difficulties finding a job, internship related to your field of study?

North Savo talent hub is arranging pop-up event this month on 30.9 at 9-12. During our pop-up events, students will have the opportunity to register in our talent pool simply by filling a form. Students will get useful information about networking and matchmaking with local internationally oriented companies. Come and meet us. We would be delighted to answer all your questions and provide support. Find more information about the event from Facebook.




Job and Traineeship offers in UEF to a new job portal

The New JobTeaser-service provides:

  • Europe-wide job market: with nearly 17 000 job and traineeship offers. The service has opended to Finnish employers 25.11. and positions previously advertised on the Aarresaari.net-platform are now directed to JobTeaser.
  • Events: Now mainly online events in Central Europe. In the future, Finnish and UEF events as well.
  • Employer profiles: Now mostly international employers. In the future, Finnish organizations, too.
  • Guidance and messaging to support job seeking and career planning: Materials to support students, now produced by JobTeaser. In the future, targeted to Finnish labor market as well.

Further information and detailed instructions on how to sign in JobTeaser for the first time in Kamu.


Jobs in Finland

Welcome to explore open job opportunities in Finland. On our website, you can find jobs targeted at English speaking professionals. You don't have to be able to speak Finnish or Swedish. You can search by region, job category or use the keyword search.

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Opiskelijatöihin.fi  is an employment service website covering North Karelia and North Savo regions. The service is created and maintained by the Student’s Eastern-Finland association.

Students can leave their profiles anonymously for employers to find and also seek employers’ job advertisements.

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Available grants for students of UEF and UEF's Open positions

There is a listing of grants availbale for students of the University of Eastern Finland at UEF's webpage.

You'll find a list of Open Positions at UEF HERE.




Get to know new international people in Kuopio via Kompassi

Kompassi is an international meeting point situated in the city center. It is a part Settlement Puijola ry of Kuopio.

Kompassi organizes multicultural activities all through the year with the help of our visitors and partners.  Kompassi promotes building of an equal society and offers activities supporting integration and participation, and advice and guidance in everyday life.

Kompassi’s activities emphasize community, peer-support, utilizing people’s own resources and supporting them in moving forward in life. Finns and immigrants confluence through volunteer work.

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Advertise your event in ISYY's newsletter Weekly Feed

If you would like to have something featured in the Weekly Feed, please send a short (max. 500 characters including spaces), informative description of the event/activity in English to either kv.kuopio@isyy.fi (Kuopio events) or kv.joensuu@isyy.fi (Joensuu events).

Please include at least the following information: date, time, place, admission fee and the event website/Facebook page. If you want to include pictures, the optimal size is 270 x 270 px.


Weekly Feed is the English language newsletter of the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY). You are receiving this letter on your email because you are a member of ISYY and are studying at Kuopio campus or because you have joined the mailing list yourself.

Weekly Feed provides you with current information on matters related to the Student Union, UEF or other organisations close to students, such as FSHS. In addition, the newsletter provides you with information on events taking place at campus or the campus city.

Weekly Feed is published on Tuesdays during the academic year, with the exception of holidays and a few other days. If you do not want to receive the newsletter anymore, you can unsubscribe the letter via the link ("Click here to unsubscribe") located on the bottom of the letter.

You will find more information on ISYY's newsletters (Weekly Feed) and data protection on ISYY's website.



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